Asylum Seekers

Reykjavík City Hall

Directorate of Immigration Admits Mistake

Kristín Völundardóttir, head of the Directorate of Immigration, has admitted a mistake was made when the directorate failed to apply for school for 17 children of asylum seekers, RÚV reports.

Government of Iceland 2013.

Iceland to Welcome More than 100 Refugees

The Government of Iceland announced at a press conference today that ISK 2 billion (USD 16 million, EUR 14 million) will be allocated to assist refugees and asylum seekers. Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson said he expected that Iceland will accept more than 100 refugees...

Syrian refugees on the border of Lebanon, 2014

Opposition Wants 500 Refugees

Twenty-two members of parliament from all parties in opposition have introduced a parliamentary resolution regarding increased support for accepting refugees in Iceland.

Government of Iceland 2013.

Increased Funding for Asylum Affairs in Iceland

The Icelandic government has decided to distribute ISK 50 million (USD 392,000, EUR 346,000) in additional funding to the Directorate of Immigration for processing applications for asylum in Iceland, which are constantly increasing. No decision has been made as to how many quota refugees will be...

Akureyri, North Iceland

North Iceland Town to Welcome Refugees

The North Iceland municipality of Akureyri has applauded the decision by the Icelandic government to accept 50 refugees over the next two years. The municipality says it is more than willing to resettle refugees in the municipality and help provide them with new opportunities and a better...

Rescue operation on the Mediterranean.

Shots Fired Near Icelandic Coast Guard Vessel

People smugglers in the Mediterranean, some 60 nautical miles from Libya, fired shots to recover a wooden boat on Monday from which migrants had been rescued shortly before. Icelandic Coast Guard vessel Týr, which had participated in the rescue operation, was in the area when the shots were...

Týr Icelandic Coast Guard ship

Iceland Coast Guard Searches for Boat off Libya

Icelandic Coast Guard vessel Týr, which is currently on assignment for Frontex, the European Union’s external borders agency, in the Mediterranean, is currently searching for a dinghy 18 nautical miles north of Libya.

Týr rescues refugees off Libya

Icelandic Coast Guard Rescues 320 Refugees

Icelandic Coast Guard vessel Týr brought 320 refugees to land at the town of Pozzallo in Sicily over Easter after reaching their wooden boat, which was leaking, off the coast of Libya on April 3.

Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir on her way to an interview on Stöð 2.

Ministry and Police Broke Law in Tony Omos Case

Sigríður Björk Guðjónsdóttir, former Suðurnes police chief and current capital region police chief, broke the law on data privacy and the treatment of personal information when she sent Gísli Freyr Valdórsson, former assistant to the then-interior minister Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, sensitive...

Syrian refugees in Lebanon, 2014

New System to Reduce Prejudice towards Asylum Seekers

Changes that were made to the organization of services to asylum seekers last year were designed to reduce prejudice against them, Mayor of Reykjanesbær Kjartan Már Kjartansson stated. A recent survey concluded that residents of the municipality have a negative attitude towards the asylum...

Asylum Seekers Protest Long Wait in Iceland

A group of asylum seekers protested the long processing time of their applications for asylum in Iceland outside the Ministry of the Interior yesterday. Among protestors was Feriane Amrouni, a single mother of three from Algeria, who has waited almost two years for a response.

Reykjavík with Hallgrímskirkja in the background

City of Reykjavík to Provide Service to Refugees

Minister of Social Affairs Eygló Harðardóttir and Mayor of Reykjavík Dagur B. Eggertsson signed an agreement on Tuesday on city authorities being responsible for facilitating and assisting two groups of refugees who were offered asylum in the country by the Icelandic government.